Kenneth Denman

E-mail   denmank@uvic.ca

Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC Canada, V8W 2Y2

Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Building, Room SCI A213, University of Victoria
Telephone (250) 363-8230 

Fax (250) 363-8247 


Scientific Motivation

How will marine planktonic ecosystems respond to a future ocean that will be warmer, more stratified, more acidic, and less oxygenated?

Interests

I study the interactions between marine planktonic ecosystems, physical oceanographic processes and a changing climate. My aims are twofold: first, to understand and forecast how marine ecosystems will respond to a changing climate, and second, to understand the role marine ecosystems play in the oceanic cycling of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. I develop coupled physical-biogeochemical models of the ocean, including the planktonic ecosystem, the carbon cycle and other biogeochemical cycles. I was Coordinating Lead Author in the 1995 IPCC Climate Change report (SAR) of a chapter titled "Marine biotic responses to environmental change and feedbacks to climate", and in the 2007 4th IPCC Assessment (AR4) of a chapter titled "Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry".  I have served on the Joint Steering Committee for the World Climate Research Programme and on the international Scientific Steering Committee for SOLAS (the Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study). I am located in the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis in the Wright Centre at the University of Victoria. Currently I chair the coordinating committee for the Ocean Acidification Program of MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction, and Response), a Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence network led by Dalhousie University. 

Other Information

  • B.Sc. (Hon.) Physics (Calgary), Ph.D. Ocean Physics (UBC),  
  • Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1972-1977), Institute of Ocean Sciences (1977-2010).
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Wooster Award for significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES), 2007.
  • T.R. Parsons Award for Excellence in Ocean Research, Fisheries and Oceans Canada & Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 2006.
  • President's Prize, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 1988.
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
  • Hutchison Medal (shared), UK Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013.

[Full CV, PDFfile]
 

Committees and Appointments

  • Co-author, External Review of the Dalhousie Oceanography Department, Halifax, Canada, April 2015.
  • Member, Core Group of Experts on Ocean Science in Canada, Council of Canadian Academies, 2011-2012.
  • Co-convenor, Workshop on 'Potential impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and fisheries', PICES/ICES/UNESCO Symposium on 'Climate change effects on fish and fisheries', Sendai, Japan, April, 2010.
  • Member, Deputy Minister's Science Management Board, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2008-2010.
  • Member, British Columbia Premier's Climate Action Team, 2007-2008.
  • Coordinating Lead Author in the IPCC Climate Change 2007 AR4 report of chapter titled "Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry".
  • Convening Lead Author in the IPCC Climate Change 1995 SAR report of chapter titled "Marine biotic responses to environmental change and feedbacks to climate".
  • International and Canadian SOLAS Scientific Steering Committees (2001-2006)
  • Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (2001-2006)
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